Snack bars, cider houses, barbecues and more of the best places to eat and drink in Collingwood this summer

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Snack bars, cider houses, barbecues and more of the best places to eat and drink in Collingwood this summer

Barbecues, breweries, butter pie factories and more of the best places to eat and drink in Muskoka this summer

Collingwood is perhaps best known for its snowy slopes, but between sandy beaches, bustling breweries and a thriving restaurant scene, the Georgian Bay-adjacent town offers plenty of summer activities too. Before you set off on the two-hour drive north, check out this roundup of our favorite places to eat and drink in the region.

The Pine

Chef Jeremy Austin offers modernist tasting menus that delve deep into distant lands, but prepared with local ingredients. The current menu takes diners on a trip to China and includes dishes like Yunnan tartare, salty red spring salmon with juniper and gin, and puffed milk bread. Wine and proxy pairings are available for a small additional charge.

curved taco

Since 2015, Bent Taco has been serving up a modern mix of Mexican dishes against the backdrop of an exuberant courtyard party vibe. The menu is a mix of tacos, burritos, and bowls, and there’s plenty of booze — cocktails, beer, cider, wine, tequila, mezcal — to wash it all down.

Poppy’s French Bistro

This newly opened chic and airy bistro is located inside a recently restored heritage building. Here, executive chef Francis Bermejo stays true to French classics: duck confit, steak frites, onion soup and beef tartare. If you can’t make it for dinner, Poppy’s also offers a decadent weekend brunch.

BRGRZ inc.

Stock up on Instagram-worthy creations that taste as good as they look at this burger shack. Forget the caution and try one of the BRGR creations of the day (a recent special featured mozzarella, caramelized onions, pea shoots and a special sauce) or stick to the classics with a cheeseburger just a little extra (it’s garnished with onion rings). Complete the indulgent summer experience with a milkshake.

Gibson and company

Luke Anderson and Keaton Grieve opened this three-in-one bodega, wine shop and café, so there’s a good reason to head there any time of the day or late into the night. Go early for a coffee and pastry, then stay for something a little stronger, like a special whiskey or a glass of wine to go with their popular smoked trout dip and grilled baguette for a reason.

The alphorn

Swiss expat Jean Pierre Zingg opened this place in the 70s. Since then, it has been attracting locals and visitors alike for its après-ski friendliness, with or without snow on the ground. Today it is in the care of John Garbe, a local restaurateur and long-time alphorn fan. It continues to honor Zingg’s heritage with its famous Wiener schnitzel, cheese fondue, Bündnerfleisch (cured and smoked meat) and apple strudel.

Penny’s Motel

Whether you stay at this retro-chic motel or not, you can always enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, Apres Penny, whether it’s brunch (the smoked cheddar waffles are a delight), dinner (try the lamb lamb on a bun) or an epic seafood platter just because. With patios, picnic tables, and three fire pits, there are plenty of places to linger and bask lakeside.

Still Fields Brewery

This Meaford brewery specializes in oak-aged wild ale, and for nature lovers, the 22-acre farmhouse is a great space to sit down and have a pint or two. Although it doesn’t have an on-site restaurant, the brewery has launched a summer series of collaborations with local chefs to offer patrons snacks including freshly shucked oysters, wood-fired pizzas and ribs à la Miami.

Smoke

For a real taste of summer, sample some of Cam Dyment’s award-winning barbecues at his Collingwood Smokehouse. Best bets include the pork belly burnt ends and the Cow Meets Pig Sammy (a delicious pairing of beef brisket and pulled pork), or you can go whole pork and get the chef’s tasting platter, loaded with ribs pork, brisket, wings, bacon and all the fixes.

Later Pizza

From the team behind Bent Taco comes Later Pizza. The only problem? It’s not open at the moment – they are currently looking for a bigger location. But, if you’re planning a fall trip, chances are you’ll have the opportunity to try their Lord of Chicken, topped with chicken shawarma and donair sauce, and a can of their house beer, Later Lager. Keep an eye on their Instagram account for updates.

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